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Hobby Master P-51D Mustang Boomerang Jr Art Jeffrey England 1944 1/48 HA7723B

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6Hobby Master North American  P-51D Mustang "BOOMERANG JR" flown by Col. Arthur 'Art" Jeffrey, 434th FS, 479th FG, Dec 1944 1/48 diecast metal and plastic parts. Fully assembled, ready to display.  HA7723B

Later in WWII the Allied bombers were flying deep into Germany but suffered tremendous losses because of the lack of range the fighter escorts had. German fighters would wait beyond the range of the Allied fighters and then attack the vulnerable bombers. Once the P-51 called Mustang by the British had the Allison engine replaced with a British Merlin it possessed the high performance that had been lacking. With drop tanks the P-51 had the range to escort bombers all the way to Berlin and back.

The 479th FG was formed in October 1943 and flew Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. In 1944 the group was sent to England and consisted of the 434th (L2), 435th (J2) and 436th (9B) Fighter
Squadrons. By October 1st 1944 the group had converted to the P-51 and on October 7th Arthur  Jeffrey of the 434th FS became an Ace. On December 5th and 23rd 1944 Arthur Jeffrey scored 3  victories each day. He was the first pilot to shoot down an ME-163 rocket powered aircraft. He flew 82 combat missions and accumulated 14 victories. Jeffrey had named his P-38 “Boomerang” and because the P-51 was smaller than the Lightning he added “Jr” to the name. Jeffrey carried  the name “Boomerang Jr” over to his next aircraft a P-51K.

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